'I am ready to go': Clijsters
TENNIS: Kim Clijsters today shrugged off any concerns over a hip injury and declared herself "ready to go" as she prepares to defend her Australian Open crown.
The Belgian was forced to withdraw midway through her semi-final against Daniela Hantuchova at the Brisbane International last week, causing fears she may also be unable to compete at Melbourne Park.
But Clijsters today allayed those worries after being paired with an as yet unknown qualifier in round one.
"I didn't play many matches in the second half of last year and missed most of the American summer but I have trained hard in the off-season," said the 11th seed. I am feeling good and ready to go."
If she is to take the trophy again she will have to do it the hard way after being drawn in the same quarter as World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki.